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Old 06-04-2011, 08:11 AM   #1
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Focus Owners w/ Lifetime air filter

How many miles did you get out of yours before replacing? If replaced, did your gas mileage go up any? I have ~ 68000 on my vehicle and am starting to get paranoid about the "lifetime" feature and considering replacing the one that I have. Thanks to all who post.


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Are you referring to the K&N Air Filter? If so, there is a cleaning and oil kit to replenish the filter and renew it again.
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Old 06-04-2011, 08:18 AM   #3
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No after 2005 they came with some type of a Foam lifetime air filter that you can not replace besides switching out the whole assembly.
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How many miles did you get out of yours before replacing? If replaced, did your gas mileage go up any? I have ~ 68000 on my vehicle and am starting to get paranoid about the "lifetime" feature and considering replacing the one that I have. Thanks to all who post.
I'm surprised you haven't ship it down the road, or I mean dumpster yet. I'd be adding a Steeda SRI, short ram intake or Focuswerk's CAI, cold air intake if I were you, Big difference, when the motor can breath! You try breathing thru that thing!
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Agreed! But...I just switched to an AEM dry filter, because the MAF sensor is very sensitive to over-oiling of those wet, cone type filters. In any event, where you drive, and the type of roads you drive on will affect how much, if any, life is left in the "lifetime" filter. It's not clear what year Focus you have. Our 05s come with a sealed filter which is supposed to be replaced @ 100k miles, at great cost.
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I would run the Fram air filter and change it every 5000 miles if you are stock and on a budget. To heck with that foam stuff! Felixthecat is right! Try breathing through the foam!
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My 06 had 86k when I traded it and the indicator was still in the green. I never understood why Ford did this.
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It's part of the 'P-ZEV' package, as far as I know. ( Don't know why you would want a air filter that can't be changed - to 'improve' emissions....? )

My 2.3 P-ZEV was up to 77k and still showing 'green' on the bubble window. From what I heard, they're good for up to around 120k or so....
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My focus only had 30k miles when I did the stealth mod, my budd made a custom cold air intake and dude the diference isn't like OMG I HAVE A G NEW CAR lol which I expected but the throttle response and gas mileage improved a bit, and I noticed the difference and. You also hear your engine thanking you with a little better grunt and power, even though my "lifetime" filter wasn't messed up or anything it was pretty new only 30k miles, your engine will thank you and you will be a lot happier :) like everyone said try running 1 mile with "stock filter" poor little focis . :)
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Yeah I did the stealth and felt a good kick on the butt dyno. Got better still when I got a real CAI but the stealth is really good for what u spend.
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